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07:39 AM ET 11.22 | The Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler blockbuster earlier this week serves as a sign that GMs are willing to deal big names. Take the Toronto Blue Jays, for example. Having struggled badly following last year's buildup, they're in the market for a starting pitcher or two, a catcher and perhaps a second baseman. Yet during the winter meetings, the Los Angeles Dodgers discussed outfielder Matt Kemp with them, according to sources. ... Speculation about which clubs may want to make changes this way includes the Dodgers (aside from Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford might be up for grabs); Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Phillips's name is out there, but what about Homer Bailey or Johnny Cueto?); and St. Louis Cardinals (could they move one of their young starters for a shortstop?).

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November 22, 2013  07:57 AM ET

This assumption that the Cardinals are going to move one of the bright young starters for a mediocre shotstop is absurd. Quality starting pitching is the rare commodity. There aren't many shortstops in the game worth Shelby Miller. Tulo and Hanley are exception. They aren't available and would cost more than Miller if they were.

November 22, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This assumption that the Cardinals are going to move one of the bright young starters for a mediocre shotstop is absurd. Quality starting pitching is the rare commodity. There aren't many shortstops in the game worth Shelby Miller. Tulo and Hanley are exception. They aren't available and would cost more than Miller if they were.

I figured they meant one of the guys would COULD be starting if the Cards weren't so stacked with young pitchers...but, yeah, don't give these promising arms away for crap. Kozma isn't very good, but he can at least field his position (maybe except for the postseason) and they also shouldn't have to give up much to get somebody marginally better than him.
Maybe they'll pony up for Drew? He won't be crazy expensive and he had a good year for Boston...plus Boras swears that he'll be Babe Ruth now that he had his eye exam. I know it's not the Cardinals way, but they must have a few bucks to spend.

November 22, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This assumption that the Cardinals are going to move one of the bright young starters for a mediocre shotstop is absurd. Quality starting pitching is the rare commodity. There aren't many shortstops in the game worth Shelby Miller. Tulo and Hanley are exception. They aren't available and would cost more than Miller if they were.

The Cards are the smartest organization in baseball and maybe all of pro sports in North America.

If Tulo can be had be dealing young talent, they will do it in a split second because they are trying to get Wong in at 2nd, move Carpenter to 3rd and send Freese on his way.

Beltran has no real loyalty to any team and it would not shock me to see him take similar money and go to Boston or NY.

If Carlos goes, StL will make a splash.

If he stays, my bet is they stay with their youngsters longer....

November 22, 2013  08:44 AM ET

It wasn't long ago that Boston was the smartest organization in baseball. They quickly became the dumbest and are now back to being smart. That title has a lot of luck associated with it.

Beltran is gone. He wants more than 1 year. It's not happening in St. Louis. I'm not sure they wanted him more than the draft pick with both Adams and Taveras looking for playing time this year.

November 22, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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It wasn't long ago that Boston was the smartest organization in baseball. They quickly became the dumbest and are now back to being smart. That title has a lot of luck associated with it.Beltran is gone. He wants more than 1 year. It's not happening in St. Louis. I'm not sure they wanted him more than the draft pick with both Adams and Taveras looking for playing time this year.

You get dumb fast when Lucchino gets his way and V Wrap is hired.

I don't expect the Cards to sign any big FAs, but I think Drew actually meets their needs more than Beltran and should be cheaper.

November 22, 2013  09:16 AM ET

How many millions do you have to throw in to move a Carl Crawford ? The dodgers can afford it, so that move may just happen. Some team could get him for 8-10 mill a year. If you want him bad enough.

November 22, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Drew does have Bora$ as his agent and is probably looking for a 45-50 million contract over 3-4 years.

November 22, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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How many millions do you have to throw in to move a Carl Crawford ? The dodgers can afford it, so that move may just happen. Some team could get him for 8-10 mill a year. If you want him bad enough.

Whitey would have wanted him in StL.

November 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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How many millions do you have to throw in to move a Carl Crawford ? The dodgers can afford it, so that move may just happen. Some team could get him for 8-10 mill a year. If you want him bad enough.

Crawford is a mess at this point. He can't get through a season without an injury and his numbers are plummeting.

He was fortunate to have a great season at the end of a contract and the Sox gave out one of the stupidest contracts ever to him. The Dodgers cleaned up their mess and are looking to get out from it after learning what Boston already knew.

November 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET

The Cardinals won two WS with Dal Maxvill at ss a career ..217 hitter, but a solid glove man.

November 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET

COuldn't we get a thread about ARod taking a protest crap on the sidewalk outside the arbitrator's office? That would draw a lot of comments.

November 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET

2014 32 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,250,000
2015 33 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,500,000
2016 34 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,750,000
2017 35 Los Angeles Dodgers $21,000,000

That's what's left on Crawford's contract.

November 22, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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2014 32 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,250,000 2015 33 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,500,000 2016 34 Los Angeles Dodgers $20,750,000 2017 35 Los Angeles Dodgers $21,000,000That's what's left on Crawford's contract.

Good thing LA prints money.

November 22, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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The Cardinals won two WS with Dal Maxvill at ss a career ..217 hitter, but a solid glove man.

Best comment I heard about him was that he couldn't hit a blast furnace with a heat seeking missile...but, yes, a fantastic glove man. Really not that different from Marty Marion, whose BA doesn't look so bad because it was a better era for hitters.

November 22, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I think the Jays could be involve in a blockbuster deal after a disaster 13 season involving Jose Bautista.

November 22, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Good thing LA prints money.

They are going to need to, that stadium won't be full for very long.

November 22, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Best comment I heard about him was that he couldn't hit a blast furnace with a heat seeking missile...but, yes, a fantastic glove man. Really not that different from Marty Marion, whose BA doesn't look so bad because it was a better era for hitters.

I take that back...Marion was a MUCH better player.

November 22, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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They are going to need to, that stadium won't be full for very long.

They do well in attendance win or lose.


But that TV contract...cha-ching.

November 22, 2013  09:28 AM ET

But, every team has a player like that on their roster when they win the WS.

Stephen Drew hit the weight of a 3rd grader in the playoffs and the Sox won the WS. Not a fat one, either.

 
November 22, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How many millions do you have to throw in to move a Carl Crawford ? The dodgers can afford it, so that move may just happen. Some team could get him for 8-10 mill a year. If you want him bad enough.

Once the wheels start to fall off...............

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